Having read Ben Goldacre “Bad Science” book and blog, and having read other websites dedicated to the need for evidence-based decisions and the need for proper trials, I agree with Ben Goldacre’s article “Boris Johnson and his innovative trial methodology” that Johnson may be harming our kids with his “tacit” endorsement of the Centre for Policy Studies hair-brained idea for a competition between schools to determine if “phonics” as a teaching aid works. I say “tacit” as, although Johnson talks about “controls” in his forward, I’m afraid that any “controls” will be meaningless in such a competition.
If Johnson allows this “competition” to determine the future of education then he is risking educational harm to a generation or more of children. C’mon Johnson, enough with the political short-termism; drum up support for long-term and large-scale randomised trials. It’s the ethical thing to do. Read “Bad Science” and understand; become a better Mayor, and champion for our kids future.
As for the Centre for Policy Studies, well, I’m not sure that such an organisation has demonstrated much competence here. What were they thinking?
Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010